Microsoft Acquired R2 Studios

R2 Studios' Control Software for Cestron System | Google Play

R2 Studios’ Control Software for Cestron System | Google Play

Aside from Apple and Google, Microsoft also showed its interest to buy home automation company R2 Studios. Despite the competition in interest, it was reported that the Redmond-based company was able to make the eventual acquisition of R2 Studios.

R2 Studios, to Bolster Microsoft’s Xbox Division

Microsoft’s acquisition of R2 Studios is said to bolster the company’s Xbox Division. In relation to this, the company is said to release a next-generation console later this year.

On the other hand, the price that Microsoft paid to acquire the home automation company is unknown.  However, the buy out is yet to have any products in the market. Meanwhile, R2 Studios have one Android application available which can control heating and lighting systems. As posted on their Google Play page:

R2 turns your Android device into a fully functional Crestron touchpanel! R2 enables residential and commercial customers to control AV, lighting, thermostats, security systems, and thousands of other products via their Android device from anywhere in the world.

Microsoft and Apple were originally named are potential buyers of R2 Studios together with Google. The home automation company was created in 2011 by Blake Krikorian, who also founded Sling Media Inc. Sling Media Inc., on the other hand, is the maker of the Slingbox home TV streaming device.

Apple on Home Automation Market

Meanwhile, Apple has shown interest in home automation market through its patent applications. The patent filing showed how multiple devices, including Apple hardware and third-party devices such as cable boxes, PlayStation gamin controllers, and home sprinkler systems.

There were speculations that they have arranged deals to sell home accessories that are compatible with iOS devices. However, the Cupertino-based company is yet to release any relevant products.

Instead, they have used their popular chain of retail stores to feature third-party home automation technology. The technology integrates with the iOS platform for the iPhone and iPad.

Apple retails stores are also the exclusive home of Philipps hue app-controlled light bulbs. The wireless light bulbs communicate with a base station, and can have their brightness and hue adjusted through a compatible iOS application.

Their retail stores also features the Nest Learning Thermostat. It is a device that reduces a user’s power bills, as well as connects it to iOS devices with an accompanying application that is available in the App Store. It was designed by Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who is credited for the creation of the original iPod click-wheel interface.

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